Don Yarbrough, MD

Providing quality, compassionate care for you and your family

Don Yarbrough, MD

Personal Biography:

Dr. Yarbrough received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  He completed general surgery residency training at the world-famous Mayo Clinic and fellowship training in laparoscopy and bariatric surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic techniques for minimally-invasive surgery on the gastrointestinal tract, including diseases of the esophagus and stomach, gall bladder and bile duct, solid organs, colon, rectal, endocrine and cancer surgery.

In addition to general surgery, Dr. Yarbrough has special training in robotic-assisted surgery and expertise in the full breadth of laparoscopic bariatric surgery.  Before joining the Samaritan Bariatric Surgery Program, Dr. Yarbrough was the Medical Director at the Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield.  He was the first surgeon to introduce the Lap Band procedure to the Willamette Valley in 2006, as well as being the first surgeon in Oregon to perform a single incision Lap Band in 2009. Dr. Yarbrough also performed the first robotic-assisted bariatric procedure at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Yarbrough earned the designation of Center of Excellence Surgeon by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery based on his high volume and excellent outcomes.

Raised on a farm in Alabama, Dr. Yarbrough appreciates the outdoors and open spaces of Oregon.  He enjoys running, camping and hiking with his children. 

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor's degree: Vanderbilt University
Medical degree: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Board certification: General and bariatric surgery



  • General Surgery
    General surgery is a surgical specialty that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. Procedures frequently performed by general surgeons include, but are not limited to, abdominal organ surgery, breast surgery, colonoscopy, hernia repair and removal of the gall bladder.
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
    Robotic-assisted surgery is conducted through small incisions (minimally invasive surgery) using a robotic system. Robotic-assisted surgery is commonly used to perform gynecologic, general and urologic procedures and allows surgeons to have more flexibility, control and maneuverability than in traditional minimally invasive surgery. Patients can experience reduced trauma, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery after a robotic-assisted procedure.
  • Weight Loss Surgery
    Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is performed on the stomach and intestine of patients for the purpose of losing weight. Samaritan Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery Institute performs three types of gastric restrictive procedures: the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric band. Weight loss following surgery dramatically improves quality of life, reducing weight-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary disease, pain from arthritis and high cholesterol levels.

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